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Quirky Platformer SHEEPO Announced for Console Release

After initially releasing for PC in August of 2020, the creature-collecting platformer SHEEPO has been announced to release on major consoles, including Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Partnering with Top Hat Studios to publish the title, it will also be optimized for play on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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What better way to dive into the Metroidvania subgenre than to explore a bizarre world as a personified sheep-thing? A year-plus removed from its initial PC release, SHEEPO developer Kyle Thompson has announced via Twitter that his game will be coming to consoles on October 20th. Top Hat Studios will be publishing the title, and pre-orders are now open on Nintendo Switch and Xbox.

Developed solely by Kyle Thompson, with the soundtrack composed by Eric Thompson, SHEEPO originally released on PC via Steam on August 26th, 2020 to very positive reviews. Advertised as a “pacifist-metroidvania,” the game features a heavy emphasis on exploration and platforming. It also allows the player to (eventually) play into a non-linear style adventure, featuring bosses, hidden areas, and strange characters. For more on the game, feel free to read this SHEEPO review.

A summary of the game’s synopsis can be found below, taken from the Steam page:

Sheepo is a quirky metroidvania platformer featuring a shape-shifting sheep-thing, who must traverse an uncharted planet in order to collect samples of each living species for an intergalactic species database.

To capture a creature, Sheepo must find their unhatched egg, which happen to be highly guarded by that species “queen” (aka, a boss.) With each egg Sheepo collects, you then gain the ability to transform into that creature on contact, and explore the deeper reaches of the planet’s sprawling environment.

As noted on his Twitter, Thompson has already started work on an untitled follow-up game, presumably unrelated to his former work. No such updates have been provided since April, however.

Will you be picking up SHEEPO on October 8th? Have you already played it before? Let me know in the comments below!

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